HEA Schedules Summer Project to Improve Reliability

Homer Electric will be working in Homer and Soldotna this summer on a project that will improve the reliability and extend the life of underground cable.

Homer Electric’s underground electrical cables are aging, which means that their protective insulation is beginning to deteriorate. This can cause cracks, which can lead to unplanned power outages. Homer Electric is working with a company called Novinium to repair the cables using a silicone injection process. The silicone fills the cracks in the cables and extends their useful life up to 40 years.

The cable injection work will take place in several Soldotna and Homer neighborhoods during the summer. The work will require intermittent power outages for HEA members in these areas where the injection is taking place. The number of power interruptions will be kept to a minimum and every effort will be made to limit the duration of the outages.

HEA will provide advance notice to affected neighborhoods prior to the start of the work.

If you have questions about this project in the Soldotna area, please call HEA Engineering Services Supervisor Chris Edgar at 283-2350 in Kenai. For questions regarding the Homer project, please contact HEA Engineering Services Supervisor Dale Marsengill at 235-3353 in Homer.